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Mercedes Unveils Its Hot New E300 and E400 Hybrids at the Detroit Auto Show
Posted By Laura K. Cowan On January 9, 2012 @ 5:41 pm In automotive,Detroit Auto Show,Electric Cars,gallery,Green Transportation | No Comments
The E300 features a turbodiesel engine  with 204 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque (read: plenty) with an electric motor pushing out another 27 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque (plenty more). We love that the E300, which we snapped pics of at the Detroit Auto Show  today, is capable of pure electric mode  all the way up to 100 miles per hour, as well as featuring all the usual hybrid bells and whistles like auto start/stop for saving fuel at stoplights, and regenerative braking for extending battery life while driving. For the E400, that same motor gets paired with 306-horsepower, 273 lb-ft gas engine, for a significantly less impressive 27 mpg.
Will Mercedes release both models to the U.S.? After all, diesel models usually go to our lucky European friends, while we Americans get the gas models. Sadly, Mercedes  plans once again to release the diesel model to the European market and reserve the less efficient gasoline model for the U.S., but with the tide slowly turning in favor of efficient diesel models in the U.S., we may get a crack at the E300 at some point. Both models will be released early summer 2012.
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 2012 North American International Auto Show: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=north+american+international+auto+show
 Mercedes-Benz: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/index
 turbodiesel engine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbodiesel
 Detroit Auto Show: http://inhabitat.com/detroit-auto-show-2/
 pure electric mode: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-electric_mode
 Mercedes: http://www.mbusa.com
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